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Witness the Changing of the Guard in royal London

A cosmopolitan city, London is an epicenter of global finance and politics where cultures intertwine, neighborhoods hold secrets whispered through time, and famous events like London Fashion Week take place on an annual basis. The metropolitan area draws millions of visitors each year to attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, which features the 16-story clock tower Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, London offers a fantastic mix of history, food, shopping and museums. The pageantry of the Changing of the Guard and Trooping the Colour create spectacles adored by all, while modern marvels include one of the world's biggest observation wheels.


Things to see and do

Cultural attractions

Exhibits at institutions such as the Royal Museum, the National Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum provide insightful perspectives of the country. From the First World War Galleries to the history of “Jack the Ripper”, and artworks dating back to medieval times, enjoy a window on the past by visiting any of these attractions.

City buildings that have stood for hundreds of years include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Albert Hall where you can catch a concert in the evenings. The Tower of London is guarded by the legendary Beefeaters, while inside the diamond-studded Crown Jewels glitter for guests throughout the day.

Stroll along historic footpaths in colorful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, or enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the city from atop the London Eye.

London' districts are attractions in their own right, and if you take a trip through the East End you will discover the setting for numerous films and television shows. View the ancient street layout and medieval churches in The City, the earliest Roman settlement, or visit Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian. The Leicester Square neighborhood houses famous Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and city tours are a great way to scale the geography of sprawling London.

Shopping and dining

Power shoppers will discover the haute couture boutiques and trendy designer stores of Knightsbridge, Bond Street and Covent Garden, as well as Oxford and Regent Streets. In addition to high-end clothes, you can also find vintage apparel in quirky local establishments.

Once known for its ubiquitous fish and chips, bangers and mash, and even eels, London has since emerged as a center of gastronomic delights. This melting pot of cultures creates a restaurant scene that thrives on fusion and international cuisine. Foodies can enjoy high tea and Anglo-Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, Turkish kebabs and Mexican-style burritos.

Nightlife and entertainment

When the sun sets after a day of sightseeing, guests can visit local pubs and live music venues featuring internationally-acclaimed DJs and bands. Tracing its origins to Shakespeare, London's West End Theatre district presents musicals and plays starring famous actors from screen and stage. You can also enjoy performances in the Opera House, where the Royal Symphony, Opera and Ballet companies are showcased.

This English capital hosts a series of yearly celebrations that include Wimbledon and other major sporting events, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Lord Mayor's Show and the Totally Thames Festival.


Best time to visit

Spring is one of the best times to visit London. In addition to mild temperatures, the city's parks and gardens begin to bloom. Humidity levels tend to be higher in the summer months, but those looking to sample strawberries and cream, or Pimm’s at the tennis should book a stay in late June or early July.

Travel and hotels are more likely to be reasonably priced and readily available in the fall and winter months—although visitors should be aware that London is popular for Christmas gift shopping in December.


Where to stay

From Bayswater and Paddington to Knightsbridge, the West End and Camden, the neighborhood where you choose to vacation in London will depend very much upon what you want to do on your trip. Historic hotels like Flemings Mayfair—the second oldest in the capital—have a Georgian flair that harks back to the days when carriages rolled through the streets while contemporary accommodations include the K West and the Apex. Prices range quite dramatically, so it's best to search around online before you go.


Travel information

Visitors can reach London through one of six airports, including Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Stansted (STN). Traveling between these aviation gateways and London's major attractions is easy due to the city's comprehensive public transportation network. Options include the iconic red double-decker buses, Docklands Light Railway and the Underground, as well as Thames River commuter boats and pleasure cruises. Consider using an Oyster Card, a contactless smartcard, instead of individual paper tickets, to save time and money. Another option for traveling within the English city is taking one of London's world-famous black cabs.

Recently booked London hotels

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K West Hotel London
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23 minutes ago 4 stars $146
Thistle Kensington Gardens
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33 minutes ago 4 stars $164
Euston Square Hotel 34 minutes ago 3 stars $111
Four Seasons London at Park Lane
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44 minutes ago 5 stars $514
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate London
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47 minutes ago 5 stars $292
K+K Hotel George
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1 hour ago 4 stars $236
St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
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1 hour ago 4 stars $193
The Cumberland Hotel
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1 hour ago 4 stars $191
The Royal Horseguards
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1 hour ago 5 stars $248
Charing Cross - A Guoman Hotel
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2 hours ago 4 stars $306

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Thistle Marble Arch
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3.9 / 5
64 reviews
4 stars $191
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2.8 / 5
14 reviews
4 stars $85
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2.2 / 5
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4.3 / 5
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4 stars $306
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4.0 / 5
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The Cleveland Hotel London
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4.0 / 5
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K+K Hotel George
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4.4 / 5
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Knightsbridge Green Hotel London
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2.1 / 5
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Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel
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3.5 / 5
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3.0 / 5
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From $193

1 St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

45 Buckingham Gate Map

The St. James Court, formerly known as the CROWNE PLAZA ST JAMES, has opened its doors with a distinguished pedigree shaped over more than a century and a luxury service ethos refined by Taj... More

Nice hotel, good location, but had some issues
Nice hotel but very busy at all times at the entrance/lobby area. Room (executive) was big and well appointed. The problem was with the bed - one side seemed to be very worn and made you feel...
Sep 23, 2014
From $150

2 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 51 reviews

Whitcomb Street Map

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Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar, is located on a quiet street just off the lively Leicester Square, next to the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in the middle of the West End and... More

Live the Central London Life
We travel to London twice yearly and always stay at the Royal Trafalgar. If you want to be near museums, theaters and restaurants, and between Covent Gardens, China Town and Piccadilly Circus,...
Sep 25, 2014
From $248

3 The Royal Horseguards

5 stars
4.4 / 5 60 reviews

2 Whitehall Court Map

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Charm, elegance and comfort on the banks of the River ThamesThe unique blend of 21st century and Victorian decor makes The Royal Horseguards an attraction in itself. Conveniently located near to... More

Wonderful hotel walking distance from the best of London!
Lovely stay at The Royal Horseguards - friendly, helpful staff and an absolutely ideal location, steps from Westminister Abbey, St. James' Park, the London Eye and much more - which was very...
Sep 26, 2014
From $146

4 K West Hotel London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 85 reviews

Richmond Way Map

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Contemporary hotel near Notting Hill with an award-winning spaLocated steps from Portabello Market and Kensington Palace, the K West Hotel wows with its modern looks and trendy West London address.... More

Exceeded expectations
We could not have been more pleased with our stay at K West Hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had to wait a short while for our room to be ready, but enjoyed sitting the lobby bar and...
Sep 22, 2014
From $227

5 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 23 reviews

16-22 Great Russell Street Map

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Elegant Convent Garden hotel with dining and business facilitiesThe Bloomsbury Hotel is the perfect central location for a real London experience. This hotel was recently restored to its original... More

Great Location and Great Hotel Stay!
Our stay at the Bloomsbury Hotel was excellent. Highly recommend this hotel for its location as well as helpful staff and clean, comfortable rooms.
Sep 1, 2014
From $290

6 Flemings Mayfair

4 stars
4.2 / 5 117 reviews

7 - 12 Half Moon Street Map

Complimentary Breakfast & Wifi

Personalized service and luxury in the heart of MayfairThe second oldest hotel in London, Flemings Mayfair is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a historic Georgian building. The modern decor... More

Great Location and Amazing Service
I'm a college student from the US and I stayed at the Flemings Mayfair hotel on a vacation to London. I got off of the Green Park tube stop and it was only a two minute walk to the hotel. I checked...
Aug 15, 2014
From $164

7 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.0 / 5 42 reviews

104 Bayswater Road Map

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Posh hotel with free Wi-Fi near the lush Kensington Gardens A contemporary hotel close to lush London parks yet within convenient distance of top local attractions, Thistle Kensington Gardens... More

Excelente hotel mera central line and all conections
Excelent hotel, excelent staff. Very well located, near queensway station (central line and all conexions). Many markets in The area and also gift shops. If i have The opportunity to come back to...
Aug 24, 2014
From $306

8 Charing Cross - A Guoman Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 89 reviews

Charing Cross, The Strand, Map

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Timeless elegance near Trafalgar SquareCharing Cross - A Guoman Hotel is a modern boutique offering convenient distance to The Strand and Trafalgar Square. This deluxe hotel offers elegant... More

Friendly and professional
Our first time in London and the staff at Charing Cross helped make it memorable. They were very helpful, professional, yet friendly. We had an Executive King room which was spacious and very...
Sep 22, 2014
From $160

9 The Grand at Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 54 reviews

8 Northumberland Ave Map

Boutique hotel within a restored, historic landmark at Trafalgar SquareSteps away from Nelson's Column, the National Gallery and Big Ben and located with a historic landmark, the Grand at Trafalgar... More

Overnight London experience
London prices are ALL too high. This was a reasonable one in a great location close to Trafalgar Square but not as opulant as the web pictures would suggest and a little tired. Liked the ice...
Jun 17, 2014
From $292

10 Taj 51 Buckingham Gate London

5 stars
4.9 / 5 14 reviews

Buckingham Gate Map

Early Bird - Save 10% on your stay

A royal residence in central London For visitors looking for a "royal" London experience, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is the place to stay. The hotel is located in a quiet, narrow... More

Luxurious Memorable Trip
This is an exquisite hotel. The in-room amenities were amazing: the most comfy, plush, and cozy bed, beautiful kitchen with complimentary coffee/tea and creamer, and dimmer lighting. That's just to...
Sep 15, 2014
From $233

11 Strand Palace Hotel London

3 stars
3.8 / 5 230 reviews

372, Strand Map

Free Wifi

Fine dining, modern styling, and in the heart of theaterlandThe Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting... More

Perfect for Individual traveller
Perfect for 1 person, close to tourist area and just one block from Covent Garden and walking distance to underground station. Staff is great and very professional.
Sep 29, 2014
From $291

12 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 197 reviews

81 Jermyn Street Map

A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's... More

Really good location 2 min walk to theatres
Very welcoming. Good breakfast. And room service was very good. Even called me to ask if everything was ok
Sep 22, 2014
From $217

13 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 63 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road Map

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Contemporary luxury in London's South Bank, steps to Big BenContemporary luxury meets hip, high-tech in the stylish Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel that's directly opposite Big Ben and... More

Great Location
The hotel location is great. Several attractions such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben are within walking distance from the hotel. Two tube stations, (Waterloo and Westminster), are...
Sep 24, 2014
From $236

14 K+K Hotel George

4 stars
4.4 / 5 27 reviews

1-15 Templeton Place Map

Free Wifi

Luxury and tranquillity in the heart of London’s Kensington districtThe K+K Hotel George offers style and luxury with a touch of history. This elegant boutique-style hotel offers guests a peaceful... More

great london hotel
this is a great hotel with a great staff and tremendous breakfast buffet. location was great with a block and half away from tube. staff is very friendly and helpful
Jul 25, 2014
From $124

15 Studios 2 Let

4 stars
4.1 / 5 48 reviews

36-37 Cartwright Gardens Map

5% Off Your Stay

Set in a beautiful Georgian crescent in Bloomsbury, Cartwright Gardens is in one of the most desirable studio apartments for rent within the city. Within easy reach of both the city and the West... More

Studios 2 Let
Just stayed at the Studio Let 1 night on the front end and 2 nights at end of vacation. Perfect location walk to food, pubs, train station. Very small but efficient studio. Great value for the...
Sep 16, 2014
From $211

16 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 118 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road Map

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Grosvenor Hotel has been restored to its former glory, revealing stunning original features that date back to 1862. A Listed building, it retains... More

Great experience
My uncle and auntie loved the hotel room ambience, location and staff support and shuttle transport service to and from hotel from Heathrow was also fantastic. Good value for money
Aug 30, 2014
From $574

17 The Savoy - A Fairmont Managed Hotel

5 stars
4.7 / 5 11 reviews

Strand Map

Stay 4 pay 3

Luxury, elegance and comfort in the heart of LondonGuests are made to feel at home at The Savoy – a Fairmont Managed Hotel. This 5-star hotel offers elegant Art Deco and English Edwardian decor and... More

its the Savoy!
A few issues upon checking in and throughout the first day of my stay, but they know how to apologise and the staff were very good.
Aug 13, 2014
From $172

18 Melia White House

4 stars
3.7 / 5 36 reviews

Albany Street, Regents Park Map

Bed & Breakfast Rates

A delightful hotel experience in the heart of LondonLocated near Regent's Park, Melia White House offers deluxe London accommodations for both business and pleasure travelers. The hotel has nine... More

Only overnighted but could have stayed longer
We loved the location of this hotel... 1/2 block from the Regent Park tube station; easy 1/2 hour walk to Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and 15 minute tube ride to London Eye Square. The...
Jun 17, 2014
From $160

19 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 98 reviews

8 Northumberland Avenue Map

Affordable, club-like hotel in Trafalgar Square for business travelers Set in the heart of Trafalgar Square, the Club Quarters, Trafalgar Square is a full-service hotel designed for business... More

Well Kept Hotel and Great Location!
This Club Quarters location is a great base to get our and explore much of what London has to offer. I arrived a couple of hours before check-in and was given a room without waiting. Within steps...
Sep 14, 2014
From $144

20 Club Quarters St. Pauls

4 stars
4.3 / 5 75 reviews

24 Ludgate Hill Map

Personalized service, chic design steps away from St. Paul’s Cathedral Located on the west side of the city, steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral, the Club Quarters, St. Paul's is a full-service... More

Lovely city break
I enjoyed my stay at Club Quarters St Paul's very much. The location is amazing. The neighborhood is quiet at night, but it there are some restaurant options nearby. Very easy to take buses or the...
Sep 16, 2014